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Ombudsman: Rifles were pointed at Ukrainian fishermen detained in Crimea

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The Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova met with the relatives of the fishermen of the Ukrainian vessel YMK-0041 detained in the Crimea annexed. This was reported on the website of Ukraine’s Ombudsman.
"The families of detainees note the violation of human rights on the Russian side. In particular, they say that the Russian law enforcement bodies exerted psychological pressure, the sailors were kept at the point of rifles," they said.
They also said that immediately after the detention of Ukrainians, they were taken to Balaklava "for procedural actions." The captain of the vessel is still being held in the Simferopol jail, he faces up to 5 years of imprisonment. Other four members of the crew were not charged, but they were illegally detained in Crimea.
Sailors cannot return home for three months, as their passports were taken away.
Denisova, in her turn, stressed that she had repeatedly asked Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova – at first, with a request to locate the seamen and explain the reasons for their detention, and later she expressed concern about the information that the Ukrainians went on a hunger strike and asked to facilitate her visit to the detainees.
Denisova believes that the international community should know about cases of violations of human rights by Russian Federation.
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